RSAF sends helicopter, aircraft to search for 2 missing persons in South China Sea

SINGAPORE– The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has released a search and rescue operation together with Indonesian and malaysian authorities, after a vessel sank in the South China Sea with 2 individuals unaccounted for.

MPA said in a declaration on Saturday (Jan 13) that it was alerted to the accident, which happened within the Singapore Maritime Browse and Rescue Area, on Friday at 3.30 pm.

Three passing merchant vessels managed to rescue 11 persons from the sinking vessel.

” According to the survivors, there were 13 crew on board,” MPA stated.

“The Republic of Singapore Flying Force (RSAF) has actually also deployed one Super Puma helicopter and one Fokker-50 maritime patrol aircraft to support the search and rescue operation,” stated MPA.

The vessel sank more than 85km (45.89 nautical miles) away from Pedra Branca, and the closest point of land is Tanjung Sedili in Kota Tinggi District, Johor.